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Caring for your Furry Friends in Your Estate Plan

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017

What's most important in your inheritance, it might surprise you

Posted on: January 29th, 2017

What's On Your Worry List?

Posted on: April 10th, 2014
A comprehensive financial plan that is effectively executed delivers dollar savings in improved investment returns, lower taxes, lower fees, more efficient wealth and more stable income. However, an important outcome of this process addresses what may be on your worry list: running out of money, family strife, unexpected losses and making financial mistakes....

Young Adults Need Estate Planning, Too

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014
Once a child turns 18, parents lose the legal ability to make decisions for their child or even to find out basic information. Learning you cannot see your college student's grades without his/her permission can be mildly frustrating. But a medical emergency can take this frustration to a completely different level. ...

Taking Care of a Valuable Asset (You)

Posted on: March 25th, 2014
The combination of your talents, experience, and skills represents an asset. Like any asset, it should be managed and protected. This includes keeping yourself healthy, having sufficient insurance protection, planning for both the near term and the future, investing in yourself, and having contingency plans if a sudden turn occurs. ...

Why Does a Living Trust Cost More Than A Will?

Posted on: March 19th, 2014
It will probably cost more initially to set up a well-drafted living trust than to have a will prepared. A true cost comparison should include not only the expense to establish the will or trust, but also what it will cost should you become incapacitated after you die. ...

Long-term Care Planning, Part 2: Your Funding Options

Posted on: March 13th, 2014
The first part of planning for long-term care is realizing that, a) most of us will need this kind of care for at least some time before we die and b) the cost of this care can be financially devastating for a family if it is not planned for in advance. This was covered in Long-Term Care Planning, Part 1. The next part is determining ...

Long-Term Care Planning, Part 1: A Central Requirement

Posted on: March 4th, 2014
Health care has been the topic of discussion lately, but the greatest threat to your financial health is long-term care. This is the kind of care you need if you are not able to perform normal daily activities (such as eating, dressing, and bathing) without help, and it is expected that you will need this help for an extended period of time...

How to Stop Worrying About Running Out of Money in Retirement

Posted on: February 27th, 2014
Many retirees today worry about having enough money for their retirement. Of special concern is if there will be enough money to provide for the surviving spouse. This is called "shortfall risk," and it is a valid concern. People are living longer and health care costs...

Many Young Families Put Off Estate Planning

Posted on: February 20th, 2014
Many young families put off estate planning because they are young and healthy, or because they don't think they can afford it. But even a healthy, young adult can be taken suddenly by an accident or illness...

The Most Important Love Letters You'll Ever Write?

Posted on: February 13th, 2014
Many Americans have the misperception that estate planning is simply preparing for one's death and is only necessary for the affluent. To the contrary, estate planning is as much about passing values to loved ones as it is about passing material possessions. Thus it should come as no surprise...

Paying for College and Accomplishing Estate Planning Too

Posted on: February 4th, 2014
With higher education costs outpacing inflation by 5-6% per year, and the average cost of a four-year public school at nearly $20,000 per year (double that for private schools) it's no surprise that many parents and grandparents are deeply concerned about how they will pay for higher education. Many of these clients are similarly concerned about estate planning....

How to Make a Family Meeting a Successful Part of the Estate Planning Process

Posted on: January 30th, 2014
You've made the hard decisions, your documents are signed, your trust is funded, a business succession plan is in place. Congratulations, you've finished your estate planning. But have you, really? Have you explained your planning to your family?...

Estate Planning for Women

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014
While estate planning is important for everyone, women especially need to understand estate planning and have a plan of their own in place. Here are some issues that are of particular interest to women and their estate planning. Incapacity. Because women, on average, live longer than men, there is an increased need to plan for physical and/or mental incapacity that can occur in later years. ...

How to Leave Assets to Minor Children

Posted on: January 16th, 2014
Every parent wants to make sure their children are provided for in the event something happens to them while the children are still minors. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives often want to leave some of their assets to young children, too. But good intentions and poor planning often have unintended results. For example, many parents think if they name a guardian for their minor children in their wills and something happens to them, the named person will automatically be able to use the inheritance to take care of the children. But that's not what happens. ...

How to Leave Assets to Adult Children

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013
When considering how to leave assets to adult children, the first step is to decide how much each one should receive. Most parents want to treat their children fairly, but this doesn't necessarily mean they should receive equal shares of the estate. For example, it may be desirable to give more to a child who is a teacher than to one who has a successful business, or to compensate a child who has been a primary caregiver....

The Value of Having a “Plan” in Estate Planning

Posted on: May 7th, 2013
All too often, estate planning is viewed as a transaction: a will, a living trust, powers of attorney, etc. But the best planning happens when the professional can get to know the client on a deeper level, to uncover hopes, dreams and aspirations. It becomes more about family and values, and it becomes a process instead of a transaction....

Estate Planning for Unmarried Partners Part One: Planning for After Death

Posted on: April 8th, 2013
Estate planning is creating a set of instructions that specify how property is handled after death, and how property and health care decisions are handled during a period of incapacity. Proper estate planning is important for everyone. But for unmarried partners--opposite sex or same sex--it is critical. Part One of this two-part article will address some issues for unmarried partners to consider for after-death estate planning....